Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
39Trip End Jul 17, 2012
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Leaving at 7.30 am, we headed the short distance to Glenmore Plantation. Heru our local guide told us that this 1,000 hectare property was founded by the British and in 1929 took over by the Dutch. It is divided into 4 sections: cloves, cocoa, coffee and rubber.
Coffee - 120,000 Rp for 1 kg (NZ$15.00 or US$13.00). The civet or cat that poos coffee fetches some 700,000 Rp (NZ $90.00 or US$60.00). Most of the pickers (70%) are females whose nimble hands makes for better quality control when picking just the red ripe coffee beans. The annual harvest is between June and August.
Kakao or coca beans = is harvested 3 times a year. The ants protect the cocoa - natural organic security. Don’t ask me from what.
Rubber. Each tree produces 200 cc daily. A tree has a productive life of 50 - 60 years. Cutting the tree bark to produce or make the milk run is best done very early in the morning.
Outside the factory was the old steam engine which no doubt could tell many tall stories of what life was like here.
We saw the various parts of the different processes and hopefully the brief description on the photos is enough for you to gather what is involved.
Inside the factory a 130 kg bale of cocoa fetches 350 Euros or 3,700,000 Rp (NZ$ 500 or US$ 400) for the first grade product.
A snack of fried banana, tea and coffee before heading on a 2 hour drive to the far eastern end of Java before boarding a ferry across the Java Strait. With it being a full moon, the high winds caused the seas to be so high that the ferry service was cancelled during the night for over 12 hours causing a back log of heavy vehicles waiting to cross the narrow strait. Using a short cut ie back road we eventually made the ferry terminal. About 40 ferries constantly cross this narrow passage of water taking less than an hour.
Boarding just after 3.30 pm (clocks go ahead one hour now) into another 2 minivans for the journey across southern Bali to Tanah Lot which was suppose to take 4 hours, but with the road being single lane, road improvement in several sections, the journey took forever. Having a slow leak in our van didn't help at all so a quick stop at a small roadside tyre puncture repair shop got us back on the road in next to no time.
Eventually about 9.30 pm we arrived at Hotel Dewi Sinta. I was Ok, but the short crossing where in the middle of the strait for a few minutes the ferry was really tipping and tossing around like a cork, with my dislike for motion sickness, plus the winding drive and air con in the van, I had just a bowl of sweet corn soup at a dinner stop halfway along the journey.
Time for a good night’s sleep!